Start Thinking about your winter immunity

Start Thinking about your winter immunity

Author -  Tina Gale Naturopath

Vitamin C and Probiotics for winter health

During the autumn-winter period, with the onset of the cooler weather, it is also time to start thinking about looking after yourself and supporting your immune system . It is often during the change of season that we are most susceptible to catching a cold. Looking after yourself with a healthy lifestyle, good amounts of sleep, a diet high in vegetables and fruit, and the addition of some specific supplements, including Vitamin C and Probiotics, will all support your health. When choosing a supplement, make sure you take a good dose from a quality product.

Vitamin C aids in strengthening your bodies resistance to common infections and winter ill’s and chills. It can be beneficial in maintaining everyday immunity for the whole family, and supporting your immune system when you’re under stress.

Are you aware that 70% of immunity is in your gut immune defences, found in the epithelium, which hosts lots of micro organisms including beneficial bacteria. When the gut lining becomes compromised, from poor diet, some medications or stress, it can contribute to several health issues. Not just obvious digestive problems, e.g. constipation, diarrhoea, bloating; but also, headaches, and mood swings.

A high-quality probiotic product can help to support your digestive system by increasing the levels of beneficial bacteria in your gut. Probiotic literally means “for life” but the term usually refers to supplements which contain living bacteria. These bacteria support general wellbeing in several ways, such as assisting digestion and helping to maintain immunity, and even help you to better absorb some important nutrients. It is also important to replenish natural probiotic bacteria levels if you’re taking antibiotics.

Drinking good amounts of hydrating fluids throughout the day such as water and herbal tea’s which are caffeine free can be very beneficial. Herbal tea’s can be used by most people, they taste great, and can provide a good alternative to regular tea and coffee. In winter they are warming and heating, and in summer they can be served chilled if desired.

It is never too late to get started, so take a few minutes to stop, reflect and think how you would like to enjoy better health this winter. What simple changes can you make to benefit yourself and your family?